Almanac For Week Of December 17th


Tuesday, Dec. 17

The Green Mountain Falls Board of Trustees will meet on Dec. 17 at 7pm in the temporary town hall at Joyland Church. The trustees will hold a final public hearing on a plan to appoint a new town manager. They also may pick current Public Works Director Robert McArthur to fill this slot. Much public discussion/debate is expected.

Wednesday, Dec. 18
The Ute Pass/Woodland Park Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45am at Denny’s restaurant in Woodland Park. 719-687-5534.

Stories with Mrs. Claus. Enjoy stories and songs with Mrs. Claus at the Woodland Park Public Library on Dec. 18 from 10 to 11am. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 687-9281×112.

The Cripple Creek City Council will meet on Dec. 18 at 5:30pm in the CC Council Chambers at city hall.

Thursday, Dec. 19
The Teller County Commissioners will meet on Dec. 19 in the Centennial Building in Cripple Creek at 9:15am. This marks a slight change in the normal monthly meeting schedule for the commissioners due to the Christmas holidays.

Friday, Dec. 20
The Pikes Peak Rotary Club meets at 7am at the Woodland Park Library. 719-687-0418.

Winter Fun at the Park. Join us at Memorial Park for a brisk winter afternoon of skating and sledding (weather permitting) on Dec. 20 from 3:30 to 5pm. This family event is for all ages. Dress warmly and bring your ice skates, sleds and any other winter games that you may have. Games, snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. See you at the park! FREE. Call 687-5225.

Fish Fry and Karaoke. On most Fridays, Shining Mountain Golf Club features karaoke. We are hosting Loretta and Friends Karaoke who previously performed at Bucks. Friday night karaoke starts at 8pm and goes until midnight! We will have our fish fry from 4 to 9:30pm with regular menu items available as well. This should be fun, fun, fun so come out and join us for dinner, a drink and a song! In addition, check out the great dinner specials during the weekend. 719-687-7587.

Saturday, Dec. 21
Santa at the DRC. Santa Claus will be coming to the Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park on Dec. 21-23 from 1 to 3pm. We have our craft table available for the children to make an ornament for our Christmas tree as well as one for themselves. So come and see Santa and the dinosaurs and help us decorate our Christmas tree! Call 686-1820.

Sunday, Dec. 22
Breakfast Burritos with the wolves. Meet Keyni our ambassador wolf at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center at 4729 Lower Twin Rocks Road in Divide. Scheduled for Dec. 22 from 9 to 10am. Call 687-9742.
Free Tai Chi sessions are offered at the Woodland Park Library every Friday morning. Beginning Class meets at 9am and the Intermediate Class meets at 10am. Use the Midland entrance on the lower level. Classes are co-sponsored by Teller County Health. 719-687-9281. The Florissant Public Library offers free Tai Chi classes on Mondays at the same times. 719-748-3939.

The Christmas Blaze. The Thin Air Theatre Company is featuring its annual Christmas show, The Christmas Blaze, at the Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, with shows running Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now through Dec. 29. Most performances will be held at 7 p.m., along with a Saturday and Sunday matinee. This show features a variety of community stars and well-known performers at the Butte. Reservations are recommended as this holiday performance is one of the more popular Thin Air shows. Call719- 689-3247 or visit

Historic Headframe Holiday Lighting. Marvel at the 20-foot tall holiday ornaments lighting up the historic mine headframes around the gold camp. The lights are visible from the public roads after dark every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through New Year’s Day. Maps are available at the Victor Hotel, the Cripple Creek Welcome Center, or at

The Christmas Gift Shop at the Aspen Mine Center in Cripple Creek is in great need of craft items and other goods. Money will be used for Christmas assistance. Mary 719-689-3584, ext. 3.

Tribute to the King of Rock N Roll. Come out and ring in the New Year 2014 with one of the most sought after Elvis Tribute Artists and our own local “Elvis” for more than 12 years now – Dennis Thornberry. This two hour show full of the best Elvis music will leave you wanting more. The Elvis tribute will be held at the Gold Bar Theatre of the Imperial Hotel on Dec. 31 from 7 to 9 pm. Call 800-224-6037 for more information.

The Martini Shot. The Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs will host a special New Year’s Eve celebration, including dance music by The Martini Shot, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, a buffet later in the evening, a complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors and the chance to watch the countdown to midnight on the Stargazers’ 42-foot wide screen For more information, call 476-2200.

Eleven Mile State Park and the 11 Mile Marina are proud to announce that Cabela’s will be the new presenting sponsor for the 2014 Colorado Classic Ice Fishing Tournament, a series of three contests at the Park. The winter ice fishing season will kick off with the Grand Slam tournament on January 11, awarding cash and prizes for trout, northern pike and Kokanee salmon. The South Park Ice Masters trout-only contest will be held February 8, followed by the Marina March Madness tournament on March 8 for trout, northern pike and kokanee salmon. All three contests are team events, with a team consisting of two anglers, one of which must be at least 18-years old. Participants may enter one, two or all three events. Those entering all three are eligible to win the Cabela’s Colorado Classic Trophy and bonus cash. The Tournament is known region-wide for its huge cash awards and great prizes. With additional participating sponsors including Berkley, Shakespeare, Eagle Claw and many more, the prizes just keep getting better each year. For more information on the tournament and entry forms, please visit or call 719-748-0317. For Eleven Mile State Park information, please call the office at 719-748-3401 or visit

Manitou Springs Happenings
Santa arrives at the Town Clock. The Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department will bring Santa to the Manitou Town Clock on Christmas Eve inside an antique fire truck to hear those last minute-requests from kids and adults. Santa will listen to gift requests from 6 to 7pm on Dec. 24. Call 685-1444.